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Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1421
617-661-0505
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Ranked #3 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Btw. Prospect & Columbia
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English first
Pennington, NJ
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I am actually sad to be writing this review because we will not be coming here again. Oleana has been for years (we started going when it opened) our favorite Boston restaurant. Although we no longer live in Boston,we get there about once a year; we had dinner for early-arriving out of town guests here for our daughter's wedding. There... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Loved the ambience. Hammous fatoush was super...so also felafil.....the vegetarian fare was quite nice. I would recommend this to folks who like lebanese cuisine

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Brookline, mAssachusetts, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The chef Anna, is a magician. Middle eastern fusion. The tabouli and fatoush that visits the menu seasonally are the best I have EVER eaten. The spinach falafel changed my life. the meze lamb is delicious. If you have not tried Oleana - its a must try! We celebrate all birthdays and anniversaries here.

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Aquebogue, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had to make our weekend reservation a couple of months in advance but it was worth it. There were six of us and we decided to share several appetizers instead of having entrees. They were all delicious and the waiter helped guide us through the order by suggesting quantities and selections. Dinner was delicious and we particularly liked the... More

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Bangalore, India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Family of five, dinner, can't reserve table, 45 minutes wait time even on Wednesday, Patio seating preferred choice in general, mediterranean food, great tastes, friendly service. Would have liked to see bigger portions on the servings, rather disappointing on that score, unlike what is found in most restaurants, need to order more items. Overall pretty good family dinner place.

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california
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We ate here on a warm June evening at my daughter's insistence and the experience was remarkable! We were seated outside on the patio under the tree with live music playing. The hostess and the servers were all warm and kind and relaxed (but ever present without being intrusive). And the food! I don't usually photograph my food but the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went here with my Crab group (we are all born under the sign) for our annual get together. Two had been many years ago; I had not. Funky interior, fantastic server who was as excited to describe the food as we were to eat it. There were so many delicious taste combinations, we did a lot of oohing and aahing.... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went here for a special romantic dinner after hearing it raved it about for years. We were so disappointed in the experience. The place was so loud and crowded, we couldn't enjoy it at all. It was a Wednesday night, around 7pm, and in the summer, when most Cambridge restaurants tend to be a little quieter.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was my first foray into Mediterranean and Oleana did not disappoint. Dishes were really flavorful and unique - the small meze plates are perfect for sharing. Between two people, we got 2 meze dishes (the deviled eggs were SO GOOD), a meat entree, and a side. It was a satisfying meal without breaking the bank. We sat in outdoor... More

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Shanghai, China
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192 reviews 192 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
451 helpful votes 451 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I found Oleana and Chef Ana Sortun in a roundabout way. Researching our upcoming trip to Istanbul, I came across a food blog by Istanbul Eats and an interview of Ana in Istanbul. http://istanbuleats.com/2014/03/first-stop-ana-sortun/ I methodically took notes of all the restaurants she mentioned and of the dishes she loved. Then I realized that this James Beard award recipient had... More

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